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RAP opportunity at National Institute of Standards and Technology     NIST

Modulating quantum structure of 1D materials by covalent surface chemistry


Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Science and Engineering Division

opportunity location
50.64.21.C0381 Gaithersburg, MD

NIST only participates in the February and August reviews.


name email phone
Ming Zheng 301.975.8995


One-dimensional molecules such as single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) offer a unique opportunity to create via covalent surface chemistry new quantum states such as single-photon emitting state (Kartik and Zheng, 2017), and high-temperature organic superconducting state (Little, 1964). Recent progress in controlled modification of SWCNTs using ordered DNA wrapping ( Zheng et al, 2019) provides a facile route to explore such chemistry. This research opportunity aims at applying photo- and redox-chemistry of DNA to obtain programmable covalent surface modification of SWCNTs. The reaction products will be characterized by optical spectroscopy techniques (absorption, fluorescence, resonance Raman, circular dichroism etc.).   


K Srinivasan and M Zheng, Nature Photonics 11, 535, 2017

W.A. Little Physical Review, 134, A1416, 1964

Y Zheng et al. ACS Nano, 13, 8222, 2019

key words
quantum structure, carbon nanotubes, 1D quantum materials, surface chemistry, superconductors, single photon emitters


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$82,764.00 $3,000.00
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